September 17, 2012 the crews of the Air Force embarked on a combat training tasks by providing a comprehensive air support of ground troops in the preparation and carrying out of strategic command and staff exercises "Caucasus-2012".
On the first day of the exercise, to work in the air drawn carriages Army Aviation helicopters Mi-35, Mi-28N and Mi-24, which fulfilled defensive strike on identifying the enemy and cover combat formations strike groups of ground forces. Crews operational and tactical aviation in the Su-24M and Su-25SM hit the towers and reserves the imaginary enemy, and strategic bombers, Tu-160 produced runs of mission-critical targets of the enemy.
In total, the event involved more than 50 aircraft and helicopters. The rest of the Air Force crews conduct routine work in preparation for the implementation of live firing on the ranges of the Southern Military District.
During the execution of tasks on SKSHU "Caucasus-2012" Air Force crews will work with operational data collection, re-location, tactical air support of ground operations troops landing of personnel, aerial reconnaissance, and the application of air strikes the locations of the imaginary enemy.
In the airspace of the exercise area will involve a strategic, long-range bombers Tu-160, Tu-22M3 bombers and military transport aircraft Il-76.
Directly involved in the air support of military force will provide helicopters Mi-8, Mi-24 and Mi-28N, Sukhoi Su-24, Su-25, MiG-29 and Su-27, and unmanned aerial vehicles.
This year, to carry out combat training tasks will involve flight crews from almost all from the Air Force. In total, the exercise will involve more than 120 units of various aircraft, including more than 40 — the Su-24 and Su-25, more than 10 Su-27 and MiG-29, and more than 50 helicopters, about 10 Tu-160, Tu-22M3 over 5 Il-76MD, etc.